in David’s words…
On my free day in Chicago, where I am for the Chicago Symphony’s Dvorak Festival, I visited the beautiful new headquarters of William Harris Lee & Co., a phenomenal source for wonderful new instruments. Bill Lee has been a good friend since we met at my quartet’s very first appearance in Chicago, a good quarter-century ago.
Bill Lee’s collection of phenomenal makers work on the premises, creating instruments of enormous quality that I have always recommended for young professionals and serious students. Waiting for me to try was the expected army of cellos, all of them beautifully set up and actually in tune!
Bill showed me the workbenches in the back where the instruments are created. Each maker has his dedicated space.
Everything needed to make an instrument is on site, including the aged wood planks from which the backs and tops are cut.